I grew up in Puerto Rico and earned my bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM). While at the UPRM, I worked with the synthesis and characterization of aluminum matrix composites reinforced with AlB2 particles. I also had the opportunity to work multiple terms as a Materials intern in the NASA Pathways Internship Program at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). I was involved in projects working with Shape Memory Alloys Self-Healing (SMASH), and materials/failure analysis among others. I enjoy kayaking, going to the beach and visiting new places.
For My PhD Research, I will be working with freeze-casting of metal foams for structural and energy applications. Specifically, I will be working to create iron scaffolds with architectures designed to maintain their integrity during redox cycles. This could enable the development of very low-cost and non-toxic iron-air rechargeable batteries for large-scale grid storage.